Hampshire’s coast is important for its commercial ports, landscape and nature conservation value, historic heritage, recreation, sailing, tourism and marine industries


The coast of Hampshire

Portsmouth Harbour aerial  415

The coast of Hampshire, from Highcliffe on the Dorset border to Chichester Harbour in West Sussex, is about 230 miles (370 kilometres). The Solent, the area between the Hampshire coast and the Isle of Wight, is one of the busiest coastal zones in England. We are a founding member of the Solent Forum which advises in planning and management of the Solent.

Further information on Hampshire County Council’s role in coastal planning and management and in the Solent Forum.


Hampshire County Council owns and manages 20 sites on the Hampshire coast

  • 3
  • country parks
  • 9
  • nature reserves
  • 8
  • farm estates